Thursday, 4 February 2010
Do you have a virus checker running on your system and is it up to date?
Do you trust it 100%, well here is a useful website I found that allows you to upload any suspicious file you may have on your system and it will then test that file using pretty much every virus checker that you have ever heard of and show you the results for each virus engine.
The website is : http://www.virustotal.com/
In my example here I have uploaded a small Visual Basic program that I compiled using Microsoft Visual Basic a few years ago. Because I compiled this while at College I did not trust that the file was clean even though my Norton Antivirus 2010 said it was ok. So I used this website to check it using the many virus checkers it has. As you can see they all show that the file is safe.
It currently checks your file using the following virus checkers..
a-squared, AhnLab, AntiVir, Antiy, Authentium, Avast, AVG, BitDefender, CAT-QuickHeal, ClamAV, Comodo, DrWeb, eSafe, eTrust-Vet, F-Prot,
F-Secure, Fortinet, GData, Ikarus, Jiangmin, K7AntiVirus, Kaspersky, McAfee, McAfee+Artemis, McAfee-GW-Edition, Microsoft, NOD32, Norman, nProtect, Panda, PCTools, Prevx, Rising, Sophos, Sunbelt, TheHacker, TrendMicro, VBA32, ViRobot and VirusBuster.
The size of the file you can upload is limited to less 20Mb.
Of course this is not an alternative to having an up to date branded antivirus program running on your system at all times, but it is very handy if you have a file that you are not 100% happy with.
A very handy tool.
How to save lots of money on Antivirus Software.
If you want to buy Antivirus software then my advice is that you buy an OEM version, this means you get the software in a paper sleeve rather than a shiny box and it will save you a lot of money.
For example if you go into PC World you will pay £34.99 for Norton Antivirus 2010, but if you get an OEM version of Norton from Amazon then it will only cost £10.90 even though its exactly the same item.
I don't think many people realise that you can get OEM (sometimes refered to as System Builder software).
You will save a lot of money with OEM.
Hope you find this website useful.